Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Spring 2003
In this Issue:
Jo Burt Interview
Mountain Bike Shoes Group Test
Nant Yr Arian Route Guides
Cover photo: Lance Voyles rides Arizona’s South Mountain Park. By Sterling Lorence.
Contents photo: Rob Hamilton-Smith riding Betws-y-Coed. By Ben Haworth.
Spineline: Never underestimate the inspirational power of sunshine…
Issue 9: Editorial
Chipps thinks about what makes biking memorable and looks ahead to the coming summer months
Mitchell Scott and John Gibson travel to the edge of the Arctic wilderness and meet up with some locals to ride it and get some advice about bears.
Andy McCandlish offers a selection of photos from Scotland and the Alps.
Jo Burt attended the Norwich School of Art and went on to create a famous mountain biking cartoon character. He bought a mountain bike not long after they first started to trickle into the UK from the USA and has been riding them ever since. Singletrack’s interview lets Jo speak his mind on a number of bike-related issues.
Dom Perry doesn’t waste time playing in the rare southern snow.
Piers Barber is in trouble. His other-half’s back early and he’s been caught at it.
A very expensive exotic, A new kid on the block and a legend. Three steel hardtail bikes:
- Independent Fabrication Steel Deluxe
- Cotic Soul
- Kona Explosif
Long Term Tests
Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:
- Storm Shield Sleeping Bag
- Petzl Tikka
- Endura Escalante Jacket
- Time Z-Control Pedals
- Motorex Wet Lube
- Specialized Chamonix Helmet
- Manitou Skareb Super Air Fork
- Specialized Speed Zone 5.0 Elite Computer
- iRule Taupo Long Sleeve Jersey
- Lumicycle HID Light
- Endura Windtex Jacket
Andy McKenna tells the tale of night riding in the Scottish Highlands around Glencoe, in winter only to get back to the pub after closing time.
Jon Wyatt reckons the reason mountain biking is so good is because it gets you covered in crap.
Some beautiful pictures of the beautiful North from Ben Haworth.
Remember Tioga T-Bones? Philip and Andrew Diprose have compiled a guide to classic bikes, kit and people in the world of Mountain Bikes.
Lightweight XC full suspension exotica: The Cannondale Scalpel
Mountain bike shoes under scrutiny:
- Nike Womens Kato
- Nike Carnerso
- Nike YVR
- Pearl Izumi Vagabond
- Scott Trail
- Scott Team
- Shimano M082W
- Shimano M037
- Shimano M152
- Specialized Sonoma
- Specialized Sonoma Womens
- Specialized Pro Mountain
Fish Out of Water
Steve Makin takes the role that will make a lot of people very jealous, he gets to spend the day as an editorial assistant of Bath-based magazine MBUK and manages to draw blood.
Living the Life
Homage to Patagonia is the title for Dan Carsons account of riding from the the tip of South America and heading north through Peru.
Nant Yr Arian – Home to some of Mountain Bike Wales’ marketed riding, there’s also some real wildernesss riding available too. Two routes described as well as crucial information on what services and ammenities are in the area when you arrive:
- Medium 24.56km (15.26 miles), no timescale given
- Expert 31.39km (19.50 miles), no timescale given
The Clogged Crusader
Jeremy Atkinson is reponsible for a network of cleared, graded and way marked trails around Kington on the Welsh border. Mark found out more about the man behind roughrides.
The Armchair Story
The Stag Hunters: Steve Makin recounts the ride that RHS and friends used to celebrate his last weekend as a free man.
Details of all the merchandise that Singletrack now has on offer.
A brief look at the highlights from the magazines daily website over the last few months.
Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.